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DEC 11 AND DEC 13-15
DEC 11 - OSHO's BIRTHDAY- EVENING SATSANG WITH SWAMI SATYA VEDANT
TIME: 7 PM - 9:30 PM
**Dec 11 is Osho's Birthday & Our Studio's Anniversary. We will celebrate the evening with Meditation, Dance Celebration, and Potluck Dinner **
DEC 13-15-OSHO MEDITATION RETREAT WITH SWAMI SATYA VEDANT
Born in Kuchwada, Madhya Pradesh, India on December 11, 1931*, Osho says of his parents, "I had chosen this couple for their love, their intimacy, their almost one-ness." Growing in an atmosphere of tremendous love, freedom and respect, Osho was an intuitive and adventurous child with the knack of penetrating to the very heart of a situation. Exploring life fearlessly and intensely, he insisted on experiencing life for himself rather than acquiring beliefs or knowledge given by others. "My childhood was certainly golden - not a symbol, absolutely golden; not poetically but literally, factually... Those years were unforgettable."
When he was seven years old, his maternal grandfather died with his head in Osho's lap as they traveled in the back of a bullock cart on the long journey to reach the nearest doctor. This had a profound effect on his inner life, provoking in him a determination to discover that which is deathless. "I learned much in that moment of his silence...," Osho said later. "I started on a new search, a new pilgrimage." This, and other stories in Glimpses of a Golden Childhood, give rich insight into Osho's early years, and the innocent spirit of the flame of rebellion and playfulness he brought to every endeavor in his life.
At the age of twenty-one, Osho became enlightened."For many lives I had been working on myself, struggling, doing whatsoever can be done - and nothing was happening. The very effort was a barrier... Not that one can reach without seeking. Seeking is needed, but then comes a point when seeking has to be dropped... And that day the search stopped...it started happening. A new energy arose... It was coming from nowhere and everywhere. It was in the trees and in the rocks and the sky and the sun and the air - and I was thinking it was very far away. And it was so near..." A full account of his enlightenment can be found in his book : The Discipline of Transcendence.
After his enlightenment on March 21, 1953, Osho graduated from the University of Saugar with first class honors in philosophy. While a student, he won the All-India Debating Championship. He was a professor of philosophy at the University of Jabalpur for nine years.
Meanwhile, he traveled throughout India giving talks, challenging religious leaders in public debate and meeting people from all walks of life. He read extensively, everything he could find to broaden his understanding of the belief systems and psychology of contemporary man.
Osho had now begun to develop his unique dynamic meditation techniques. Modern man, he said, was so burdened with the outmoded traditions of the past and the anxieties of modern-day living that he must go through a deep cleansing process before he could hope to discover the thought-less, relaxed state of meditation. He began to hold meditation camps around India, giving talks to the participants and personally conducting sessions of the meditations he had developed.
For more than thirty-five years Osho worked directly with people who came to him, sharing his vision of a "New Man" and inspiring them to experiment with a life based in meditation. Bridging the ancient truths of simpler times with the current reality of man, he created numerous meditation techniques which give seekers an avenue to experience the ultimate. Seeing that the complexities of life needed to be addressed, he worked closely with many prominent therapists from the West to create new therapies based in meditation.
Osho left his body on January 19, 1990. Just a few weeks before that time, he was asked what would happen to his work when he was gone. He said:
"My trust in existence is absolute. If there is any truth in what I am saying, it will survive... The people who remain interested in my work will be simply carrying the torch, but not imposing anything on anyone...
"I will remain a source of inspiration to my people... I want them to grow on their own - qualities like love, around which no church can be created, like awareness, which is nobody's monopoly; like celebration, rejoicing, and remaining fresh, childlike eyes...
I want my people to know themselves, not to be according to someone else. And the way is in."
We will celebrate's Osho Birthday evening with Swami Satya Vedant, a long time disciple of Osho since 1975. He was chancellor of Osho Multiversity, Pune.
Swami Vedant’s lectures and programs are often relayed on TV in India. Click here to watch
Schedule - Dec 11
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Osho Evening Meditation, Dancing and Celebration
8:30 PM - 9:30 PM Potluck Dinner (Bring your favorite dish to share)
Schedule - DEC 13 -15
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Osho Evening Meditation and Celebration with Swami Vedant
10: 00 AM - 12:30 AM - ARRIVAL, ACTIVE MEDITATION AND SESSION WITH SW VEDANT
12: 30 AM - 2:00 - Lunch Break
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM - OSHO VIDEO
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM - NADABRAHMA MEDITATION
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM KUNDALINI MEDIATION
7:00 - 9:00 OSHO EVENING MEDITATION WITH DANCING AND CELEBRATION
9:00 ONWARDS EVENING MEALS
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM - DYNAMIC MEDITATION
10:30 AM - 12:00 - GUIDED MEDITATION WITH SWAMI VEDANT
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM LUNCH
1:30 PM - 2:30 SHARING WITH SW VEDANT
2:30 - 3:00 BREAK
3:00 PM - 4:30 FINAL SESSION WITH SW VEDANT
4:30 PM - 5:00 - TEA AND GOOD BYE
Price $100 (include three vegetarian meal cooked in indian curry style and breakfast, snacks items during the day*)- Couples pay $180
One Day Participation: $75
*No meals will be served on Friday evening
*Please arrange your own food if you have special dietary needs.
"Meditation is not an effort against the mind. It is a way of understanding the mind.
TOMORROW: NOV 10
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: ONE OF OSHO'S ACTIVE MEDITATION METHODS
11: 00AM - 11:20 AM: Break.
11:20 AM – 12:20 PM: ONE OF OSHO'S PASSIVE MEDITATION METHODS
12:20 PM – 12:30 PM: Sharing & Closing.
A 35 minute documentary on Laxmi’s life with Osho has been produced by Osho World Foundation; it was publicly shown on Disciple Day Celebration at Osho World Galleria in New Delhi in February. The film is a tribute to Laxmi with marvelous footage and a lot of previously unpublished images.
Meditation is not Serious
Osho – Meditation is not serious, as it is ordinarily thought to be; it is a song, it is a dance, it is a celebration. The serious person can never go beyond the mind. It is the mind that is serious. Mind does not know how to take things playfully; even while playing, mind becomes serious. You can watch chess players: they become utterly serious, far more serious than you will find anybody else in the world. Many chess players go mad because of seriousness.
There is an ancient Sufi story of an Egyptian king who was a great player of chess. He went mad. All kinds of treatments were tried — nothing worked. His condition was deteriorating every day. Finally a mystic, whom the king used to visit, came to know about the problem. He said, ‘This is very simple. Find some great chess player and pay him whatsoever he asks for — because he will ask a fabulous price, otherwise who would be ready to play chess with a madman? Give him whatsoever he wants but let him play chess with the king. And come back after one year…’
They found the champion of chess players. He really asked an almost impossible sum of money — they agreed. Out of greed he started playing chess with the madman. After one year they went to see the mystic; he asked, ‘How are things?’ They said, ‘Things are perfectly good. The king has regained his sanity, but that chess player has gone mad!’
The mind is basically serious. Playing cards, people become so serious — start cheating, deceiving, they become dishonest. If they lose a game they are ready to fight. Sometimes people have killed just because of chess or playing cards; some stupid game and they have shot each other! Mind cannot take anything playfully: even in ordinary games it becomes serious.
Meditation is not anything of the mind, it is something beyond the mind. And the first step is to be playful about it. If you are playful about it mind cannot destroy your meditation. Otherwise it will turn it into another ego trip; it will make you very serious. You will start thinking, ‘I am a great meditator. I am holier than other people, and the whole world is just worldly — I am religious, I am virtuous.’ That’s what has happened to thousands of so-called saints, moralists, puritans: they are just playing ego games, subtle ego games.
Hence I want to cut the very root of it from the very beginning. Be playful about it. It is a song to be sung, a dance to be danced. Take it as fun and you will be surprised: if you can be playful about meditation, meditation will grow in leaps and bounds. But you are not hankering for any goal; you are just enjoying sitting silently, just enjoying the very act of sitting silently — not that you are longing for some yogic powers, siddhis, miracles. All that is nonsense, the same old nonsense, the same old game, played with new words, on a new plane.
His may be the only commune in the whole world where meditation is taught as fun, as joy, playfulness, where we are not taking it seriously at all. We are taking everything with great laughter. Life as such has to be taken as a cosmic joke — and then suddenly you relax because there is nothing to be tense about. And in that very relaxation something starts changing in you — a radical change, a transformation — and the small things of life start having new meaning, new significance. Then nothing is small, everything starts taking on a new flavour, a new aura; one starts feeling a kind of godliness everywhere. One does not become a Christian here, does not become a Hindu, does not become a Mohammedan; one simply becomes a lover of life. One learns only one thing here, how to rejoice in life.
But rejoicing in life is the way towards god. Dance your way to god, laugh your way to god, sing your way to god! And god must be tired of your serious saints by now or centuries those stupid guys… Either he must have committed suicide, seeing all those saints — I cannot even keep their pictures in my room — or he must have gone mad, or he must have escaped.
It is impossible to conceive god living with all those Christian, Hindu, Jaina saints — impossible to conceive. If you look at life, if this life is a creation of god, if this life is the expression of god, then god is a dancing god, full of flowers and fragrance, full of songs — very creative, very sensitive — full of music… If this life is any proof — and except for this life there is no other proof — then god cannot be a serious person.
I always love to relate a story about a Hassid fakir’s last moments. Zusya was dying — and for his whole life he laughed and joked and danced… I love that kind of person; to have such a man as company is a blessing. But the elders of the society were worried about him.
When he was dying somebody asked him, ‘Zusya, have you made your peace with god? Or have you wasted your life dancing, singing, joking, fooling around?’ Zusya opened his eyes and hc said ‘But I have never quarrelled with him, so why should I make peace with him? I have never quarrel ed with him; we have been always on good terms. Sometimes I tell jokes — he laughs; sometimes he tells jokes — I laugh. Things have been going very well.
And I have saved a few jokes which I have never told anybody; they are especially for him, because I know when I arrive there he will ask “Zusya, what have you brought?” I have saved a few jokes especially for him! What else? I am a poor man,’ Zusya said, ‘what else I can keep, to take with me as an offering?
Prayer he has heard enough of, serious people he must have seen enough of.’ Nobody knows how Zusya was received, but I can say with absolute authority that nobody has been received with such joy as Zusya! This is the way of a truly religious man.
Source – Osho Book “The Golden Wind”
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